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Watford vs Aston Villa Tips - Draw backed at Vicarage Road

  • Week 1 fixture scheduled at Vicarage Road on Saturday (15:00 BST)
  • Watford return to the Premier League after finishing runner-up in the EFL Championship last season
  • Aston Villa finished 11th in the Premier League last season
Watford take on Aston Villa in their first match back in the Premier League. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Watford needed just one season in the Championship to win promotion back into the Premier League, finishing second in the second-tier competition

They were sensational at Vicarage Road last season, crafting a 19-2-2 record.

The Xisco Munoz-coached Hornets seemed destined to spend the season in a battle to avoid relegation, but there is a solid core of talent in their ranks – headlined by Ismaila Sarr.

Aston Villa landed 11th last season with 16 wins – a tally buoyed by upsets of Tottenham and Chelsea in the last two rounds, while an early-season 7-2 drubbing of Liverpool was an obvious highlight.

Villa have lost star player and captain Jack Grealish to Man City, but the arrival of Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendía and Leon Bailey is a handy consolation.


Watford boast a home record against Aston Villa of six wins and three draws from 10 matches. The Hornets are tempting underdogs at home but I like the draw here.

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